Friday, 29 October 2010
At the moment, as part of my current research project, I'm reading Thomas Cooper's Chartist epic, The Purgatory of Suicides (1845). Written whilst Cooper was serving a prison sentence following his role in the mass strikes of 1842 and consisting of 944 Spenserean stanzas or 8,496 lines of poetry, with a cast-list that ranges from Mithridates to Mark Anthony and from Judas Iscariot to Castlereagh, it is a demanding but rewarding read.
For general interest I am alternating between James Shapiro's 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Rob Young's Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music. The former offers a fascinating account of how Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It & Hamlet all came to be written in 1599. The latter explores the manifold ways in which folk music has been interpreted and transformed from Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams through Ewan MacColl, Shirley Collins and Nick Drake to Kate Bush and Julian Cope. Light relief is provided by a Marxist classic, in this case the collected scripts of Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel.
Following the announcement of the ConDem's Comprehensive Spending Review, which clearly aims to return Britain to the 1920s and 30s, I have decided it is time to prepare for the coming crisis by re-reading some of the classic working-class fiction of that era, beginning with Lewis Jones' We Live and Walter Brierley's Sandwichman.
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
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There are a number of different levels of representation for students of English and American Studies at the University Manchester running from University, through Faculty and School to Subject level. Last year I sat on the EAS taught programmes committee, the EAS staff-student liaison committee, the School Undergraduate Student Representative Committee, the School Undergraduate Programmes committee and the Faculty staff-student liaison group; all of these groups meet roughly once a semester, some more regularly.
Liaison committees act as a forum for students to express concerns, constructive criticism or praise about their courses or their experiences of study at Manchester, be this access to library resources or feeding back on developments relatively new to the University, such as student use of Blackboard. Programme committees discuss developments and introductions to course units, among other roles. Here students can feed back on how successful they felt their particular courses ran academically and discuss proposed amendments to courses. Minutes for all meetings are documented, copies of which can be obtained from your representative; all actions taken over points raised in meetings are fed-back at the next committee where relevant.
Representatives are appointed after having nominated themselves for the EAS staff-student liaison committee and draw from both their own experiences and those of a range of other students to contribute to committee discussions; representatives can always be contacted by other students and their details are publicised throughout the year.
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
I'm in London currently, and my reading on the tube is Matei Calinescu's Five Faces of Modernity, a classic account of the development of European modernity and modernism which I've been meaning to get around to for some time. In the British Library I'm reading Ford Madox Ford's The Marsden Case, a scarce novel which is a fascinating precursor to his magnum opus, the war tetralogy Parade's End; a Tom Stoppard adaptation of this series is being filmed for the BBC at the moment.
For fun I'm turning, when I have a moment, to Alasdair Gray's Old Men In Love. Gray is a literary master-craftsman in the fullest sense; he writes wonderful, thought-provoking prose, and designs all of his books: illustrations, typesetting and all. Poor Things and A History Maker are his most accessible, in my opinion, though Lanark: a Life in Four Books is his challenging classic.
When I’m not reading through course material, I have a soft spot for Stephen King, and generally try to keep up to date with his latest. Sometimes I have a browse through an autobiography or two - I’m halfway through Clarence Clemons’ life story at the moment. He’s the saxophonist from the E Street Band (Bruce Springsteen’s backing band. I love Springsteen’s music way too much).
If you’re looking for something to read, I can highly recommend: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, and Salem’s Lot, by Stephen King. The former novel is the reason I’m studying English Literature (even though it’s an American text), and the latter, after Dracula, is probably THE definitive vampire tale (none of this Edward Cullen nonsense). Read them, and love them.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Undergraduate Programme Director
Dr Jerome de Groot, Room S.1.16
Tuesday 1-2, Thursday 10-11
Course Unit Directors Level 1
Dr Daniela Caselli, Room W105
CUD, Reading Literature
10-11 Wednesday, 12-1Thursday
Prof. Gale Owen-Crocker, Room S.1.11
CUD, Mapping the Medieval
Mondays 1-2, Tuesdays 1-2
Dr. David Matthews, Room S.1.6
CUD, Academic Development
Tuesday 11-12, Wednesday 12-1
Dr. Natalie Zacek, Room N2.8
CUD, American History
Tuesdays 4-5, Thursdays 3-4
Prof. Brian Ward, N112
CUD, Jamestown to James Brown
Monday 10-11, Tuesday 10-11
Course Unit Directors Level 2
Dr. Noelle Gallagher, Room S.1.25
CUD, Writing the C18
Wednesdays 12-1, Thursdays 4-6
Dr. Jerome de Groot, Room S.1.16
CUD, Power and Gender
Tuesday 1-2, Thursday 10-11
Dr. David Matthews, Room S.1.6
Tuesday 11-12, Wednesday 12-1
Dr. David Alderson, Room W118
CUD, Gender, Sexuality and Culture
5-6 Monday, 1-2 Tuesday
Dr. Michael Bibler, Room N1.08
CUD, America in the 1940s and 1950s
1.2-30 Tuesday, 11-12 Wednesday
Dr. Jennie Chapman, Room W.1.09
CUD, American Literature and Social Criticism
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Friday, 22 October 2010
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest me still:
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman coloured ill.
To win me soon to hell my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her foul pride;
And whether that my angel be turned fiend
Suspect I may, but not directly tell;
But being both from me both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another's hell.
Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
The first meeting year of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies will be held at 5.00pm today (Monday 18 October) in the Poetry Centre. Ian Riddler will talk about objects made of bone, horn and antler. No wheelie bins for the Anglo-Saxons, everything got used.
Friday, 15 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Monday, 11 October 2010
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Typically, 6 to10 Awards are made each year to British graduates.
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Thursday, 7 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
'The BA course is excellent: fascinating, well-designed course, excellent full feedback, producing some work of a very high intellectual calibre'
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'Feedback was detailed and constructive, and it was clear that staff were committed to and engaged in the intellectual development of the students [...] an excellent undergraduate programme which pushed students to engage with a range of different cultural forms'
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Tuesday, 5 October 2010
The Forum has the following objectives:
(i) To provide a platform to university students worldwide to exchange views on topics of regional or global interest;
(ii) To promote cross-cultural exposure and friendship;
(iii) To foster social responsibility and concerns on regional or global issues; and
(iv) To nurture a sense of global inter-dependence.
The theme in 2011 is 'Reshaping the Post-Crisis World Order'. The global financial crisis in previous years has had severe impacts on the entire world. CUHK are eager to listen to original and creative ideas from young leaders across the continents on the theme and its related issues.
Nominees must meet the following criteria for consideration:
(i) Be undergraduates in their second year of study or above;
(i) With outstanding academic performance (an academic average of at least 65%), with vision and leadership potential;
(ii) Interested in global and local issues, and eager to consider solutions;
(iii) Respectful and appreciative of others' values and beliefs.
Students who are accepted for participation will be provided with free meals and accommodation during the Forum, as well as subsidized airfare/ transportation. For further information, please refer to the e-leaflet of the Forum <http://www5.cuhk.edu.hk/shaw/images/stories/files/2010/website_structure_9Sep2010.pdf> . Please read this information carefully. The e-leaflet explains the format of the abstract that is required as part of the selection process.
Tuesday 1-2:30;Weds 11-12; by appt. Office N.1.8.
Professor Andre Geim and Dr Konstantin Novoselov have been awarded the highest accolade in the scientific world for their pioneering work with the world’s thinnest material.
Graphene was discovered at the University in 2004. It has rapidly become one of the hottest topics in materials science and solid-state physics.
It not only promises to revolutionise semiconductor, sensor, and display technology, but could also lead to breakthroughs in fundamental quantum physics research.
Dr Novoselov, 36, first worked with Professor Geim, 51, as a PhD-student in the Netherlands. He subsequently followed Geim to the United Kingdom. Both of them originally studied and began their careers as physicists in Russia.
The award of the Nobel Prize means there are currently four Nobel Laureates at The University of Manchester.
University of Manchester President and Vice-Chancellor Nancy Rothwell said: “This is fantastic news. We are delighted that Andre and Konstantin’s work on graphene has been recognised at the very highest level by the 2010 Nobel Prize Committee.
“This is a wonderful example of a fundamental discovery based on scientific curiosity with major practical, social and economic benefits for society.”
Monday, 4 October 2010
Every year we issue a call for representatives. We need representatives for every year and each Single Honours programme. The pool of representatives is also used to invite select representatives to Departmental and School committees. To be a representative you will need to be active in seeking your peers' view on teaching, administration, assessment, etc. and be willing to act as a spokesperson for them.
If you would be willing to act as a representative on the department's Staff-Student Liaison Committee, firstly 'thank you' and secondly, please in the first instance contact Dr. Daniela Caselli, firstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday 15 October 2010.
When replying, please state your name and degree programme in your email. Please note that meetings are held termly and last one hour.